The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College has received a "Citation of Excellence" from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2011, as well as being named a "Distinguished Arts Project" several times over the years by the Council. Programming includes:
Distinguished Poets Series
The Poetry Center features poets of
national and international reputation.
At our events, people from
the community mingle with writers,
editors, and poetry lovers from the region.
Through The Distinguished Poets Series,
we give poets in our audience the
opportunity to be heard by well known poets
and literary magazine editors, giving them
the opportunity to be heard and possibly
considered for publication.
The Poetry Center of Passaic
County Community College draws
upon a vast network of professional
poets to participate in its programs.
All poets affiliated with the Poetry
Center are selected for
the quality of their work.
The Paterson Literary Review
A literary magazine which contains
poetry, fiction, reviews, and artwork
by individuals with international,
national, and regional reputation as
well as work by promising new voices.
In the past we have published poets
such as William Stafford, Ruth Stone,
Sonia Sanchez, Laura Boss, Marge
Piercy, David Ray, Diane di Prima and
New Jersey Poetry Calendar
Monthly calendar lists readings that
take place in New Jersey.
New Jersey Poetry Resource Book
Edited by Joe Weil and Maria
Mazziotti Gillan. Contains names of poetry
organizations, groups, centers,
series, magazines, indexes,
publishers, small presses, Dodge
Poets, Writers in the Schools,
New Jersey State Council on the
Arts Fellowship Recipients,as
well as enrichment programs
available in New Jersey. The purpose
of this book is to increase the visibility
of the poetry community and to
encourage recognition for organizations
in the state which are
working to promote poetry.
The POETRY CENTER Library
The POETRY CENTER library now contains
more than 10,000 volumes of poetry, and
a full collection of poetry reference books.
The poetry books are available on
inter-library loan and many people visit
the library in person. The library helps
to promote access to poetry books which
normally have very small print runs and
to make those books available to
the community. The library is
building a collection of poetry books in
Spanish as well as English.
A series of videocassettes based on our
poetry reading series and interviews
with the featured poets, aired several times
a month on CableVision of Paterson
and other cable TV stations in the state.
The Poetry Center publishes yearly
anthologies of the work of children,
who are winners of the Poetry Contest for
The Poetry Center at Passaic County
Community College also convenes topical
conferences related to poetry writing:
Paterson- The Poem and the City:
William Carlos Williams and the
Poetry of Urban Experience.
This conference with two weeks of events
opened with a reading by C.K. Williams
and closed with a reading by Gwendolyn
Brooks. The conference focused on a panel
discussion and readings by Allen Ginsberg,
Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sonia Sanchez,
Robert Creeley, Paul Mariani, Amiri Baraka,
Haki Madhubuti and Fay Chiang.
The program focused attention on the connection
of poetry with people and the life of the city.
Unsettling America: Race and
Ethnicity in Contemporary American
In 1994 the POETRY CENTER produced
this four-day conference which included
panel discussions, readings, and Meet The
Author sessions with more than 120
participants and over 3,000 attendees
The annual Paterson Poetry Marathon
was presented in the spring from 1996 to 1999
and involved week-long workshops in the public schools
culminating in a public program with twelve or more